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James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in the Mail on Sunday.

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Chuka Umunna: the last disciple of New Labour’s third way

22 September 2014 15:50

Chuka Umunna is the last disciple of the third way standing. At a Times fringe earlier, he was full of praise for centre-left European reformers such as the Italian PM Matteo… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

Miliband confronted by the English Question

21 September 2014 10:30

Ed Miliband wouldn’t have wanted to spend his big, pre-conference interview talking about English votes for English law but that’s what he had to do on Marr this morning. Miliband… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Meets Newly Appointed Leader Of The Conservatives In Scotland Ruth Davidson

Have the Scottish Tories been detoxified?

20 September 2014 12:15

The referendum campaign was a mixed experience for the Scottish Tories. On the one hand, it was a reminder of how much they are still hated in Scotland: End Tory… Continue reading

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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

Labour seeks business support for faster increases in the minimum wage

18 September 2014 15:44

With Labour conference next week, a letter has gone out to business people from Alan Buckle, the senior accountant who Ed Miliband appointed to look at how to boost the minimum… Continue reading

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The Annual Cowal Highland Games

Final polls put No ahead

17 September 2014 22:35

The last YouGov poll of the campaign, which has a far larger than usual sample size, has No ahead 52-48. The last phone poll of the campaign, a Survation effort,… Continue reading

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Referendum Debate Continues As Campaigns Enter Final Week

Salmond’s biggest myth

17 September 2014 18:06

When I asked one leading SNP figure right at the start of this process how they would try and win this referendum, he told me that by the end of… Continue reading

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Sean Connery in Washington DC before receiving the Wallace Award from the American Scottish Foundation. Image: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images

A 90-day patriot

16 September 2014 17:33

One question before the independence vote on Thursday is where is the SNP’s most famous celebrity supporter? You might expect Sean Connery to be out rousing the faithful but so… Continue reading

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Pollsters could have got it wrong on the Scottish independence referendum

15 September 2014 15:23

As the political nation waits with bated breath for the Scottish referendum result, the polls are dictating the mood. One showing Yes in the lead led to the abandonment of… Continue reading

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The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

The case for Britain is being made in Scotland, now it must be made in England too

14 September 2014 11:40

At times in the last few months, it has seemed that if no one was making the case for Britain in Scotland. Too often it seemed that Better Together knew… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown Canvasses For Support On The Final Full Day Of The Campaign

Who will revive Scottish Labour?

13 September 2014 12:00

George Galloway announced his support for Gordon Brown as First Minister of Scotland last night. Galloway’s endorsement came as Brown turned up at an event at Usher Hall in Edinburgh… Continue reading

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A new poll shows the Scots referendum is going right to the wire

12 September 2014 13:27

ICM’s poll has ‘no’ ahead, but only just– it’s 51-49. The ICM poll is a telephone one so both phone and internet polls are now showing ‘no’ narrowly ahead but the race too close… Continue reading

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Unionists must prepare for a second vote on Scottish independence

11 September 2014 15:50

Tonight will bring another YouGov poll on the Scottish referendum and this may change the mood again. But right now, the pro-Union side is in far better cheer than it… Continue reading

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New poll puts No ahead in the Scottish referendum campaign

10 September 2014 20:19

Tonight brings the first morale boost for the No campaign in a wee while, a Daily Record poll has them 53-47 ahead. Including don’t knows, the numbers are No 47.6%,… Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

Cameron, Clegg and Miliband head to Scotland to make the case for the Union

9 September 2014 12:41

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband are combining forces and heading to Scotland tomorrow to make the case for the UK. Here’s their joint statement: ‘There is a lot… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown in 2010. Image: Getty

‘Home rule’ for Scotland means the English question must finally be answered

8 September 2014 18:28

We are now on the verge of the biggest set of constitutional changes in living memory. Even if Scotland votes No, there is going to be a move towards a… Continue reading

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The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

People power can save the Union

7 September 2014 14:16

If Scotland does vote for separation—as the latest YouGov poll suggests it will, we’ll enter the most unpredictable political period in living memory. But before we start contemplating the consequences… Continue reading

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Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for E

The irresponsibility of Andy Burnham

6 September 2014 12:03

Nothing matters more in British politics right now than keeping the country together. The polls in Scotland show that no one can be complacent about the result on the 18th… Continue reading

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Can the Tory party locate its secret weapon?

4 September 2014 21:32

It used to be said that loyalty was the Tory party’s secret weapon. But this supposed strength hasn’t been very apparent in recent years. Indeed, at times, it seems that… Continue reading

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PMQs: Fighting suspended as leaders respond to Iraq terror

3 September 2014 13:38

A few days ago, one would have expected the first PMQs of term to be a rowdy affair as Labour went for Cameron over the Carswell defection. But the recent,… Continue reading

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Scottish referendum: ‘no’ lead falls to 6 points, from 22 points last month

1 September 2014 22:16

Tonight brings a reminder that the Union is in real danger. A new YouGov poll has the No camp’s lead in the Scottish referendum down to just six points. Just… Continue reading

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Ukip set for crushing Clacton win

31 August 2014 9:39

David Cameron and the Tories’ electoral hopes are about to take a long walk on Clacton’s short pier. A poll in the Mail on Sunday today has Ukip on 64%… Continue reading

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Tusk as European Council President is a mixed blessing for Cameron

30 August 2014 21:07

Donald Tusk, the Polish Prime Minister, has been appointed the new European Council President. Tonight, Tusk has had warm words about how imperative it is that Britain’s concerns about the… Continue reading

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If the Tories can’t keep Carswell in the fold, they are in serious trouble

28 August 2014 14:30

Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip is a serious blow to the Tory party. Unlike so many other defectors, Carswell is not off because he has an axe to grind. This… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Speaks At Scottish Independence March And Rally

Time is running out for Alex Salmond and the Nationalists

3 August 2014 10:38

Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP deputy leader, is busy claiming that post the Glasgow games the momentum will be with the Yes side in the referendum. But this claim is contradicted… Continue reading

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Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

Balls tries to defuse the tax bombshell

2 August 2014 10:45

Ed Balls’ interview with the Telegraph today is a demonstration of what he learnt working for Gordon Brown in opposition. He is at pains to deny that he is planning… Continue reading

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